2017 Leading EDGE Awards

We love being able to work with Mohawk Valley EDGE on a regular basis for a variety of projects. One of our favorite projects over the last few years has been the Leading EDGE Awards because it gives us the inside scoop on some businesses doing really cool things in the community. 


This year was no different and probably had the widest variety in regards to types of businesses which was nice to capture some very different and unique footage. This year's winners are Adirondack Barrel Cooperage, BNY Mellon, MVCC, Premier Aviation, and Utica Bread. Nick Matt received the Christopher Destito Lifetime Achievement Award as well.


Congratulations to all the winners and we wish you the best in the future as your businesses grow!

Gear Talk- Lighting in the D.R. Congo

As we prepared for our project in the Congo we had to take a long hard look at what types of lighting we could bring. There were many variables we had to look at while trying to reduce weight. This included both light size & output, and battery required to power the unit. We ended up with a nice mix of 2 small panels, and a custom made flex light. All our lights were powered off Sony NPF style batteries which allowed us to only bring one type of charger along with batteries that could work on any unit.

MVCC Cultural Series

On April 11, 2017 Simon had the pleasure of talking with students at Mohawk Valley Community College about his work overseas. Below is his talk in full:

VLOG- Thincubator Refinery Round 1

The Thincubator is a phenominal resource in Utica, NY for entrepreneurs. John & Ryan began a program called Refinery for existing business owners trying to accelerate their growth. We participated in the test run of this program with a few businesses in the Utica area, and absolutely loved it. 

Simon vlogged each week to show people a bit of the less discussed side of business development. Here's all the vlogs from Refinery 1.

Gear Talk- Bags we're bringing to the Congo

In the photo & video world there is no such thing as "The Perfect Bag" because every job is slightly different. Our bag collection has grown based on needs for specific situations which have required one bag over another. 

Simon goes over the various bags we are bringing with us to the Democratic Republic of Congo with E4 Project. Our selection includes bags from Thinktank Photo, F-Stop Gear, Tenba, and Porta Brace.

Here's a quick breakdown of how our bags are being used:

  • F-Stop Gear Sukha- Cameras, Audio, Small lighting
  • Thinktank Photo Streetwalker HD- Gimbal, Drone, Laptop
  • Tenba Duos- Rodelink Newsshooter Kit, and GoPro Hero 4 Black + Accesories
  • Thinktank Cable Management 30- Cleaning & Tools
  • Portabrace- HDMI Cables & Adapters
  • LiPo Bags- Drone & Gimbal Batteries